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NEW YEAR. NEW GARDEN RESOLUTIONS. The holidays have faded and excitement for the year ahead is brimming. Whether tending your garden is a New Year’s resolution or a relaxing release, all sorts of garden activities can make you feel productive this month. Plant colorful flowers, leave some food and water out for hungry birds or maybe just enjoy the vista of our beautiful coastal landscape. Think about what you’d like to accomplish in your garden this year, big or small, and approach it with a simple plan. Following are some ideas to help get you started!

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CAPTURE YOUR LANDSCAPE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS.

January is a good time to look back on your gardening history and plan for the year ahead. Walk around your garden and take photos. Seeing your garden through the lens is telling. The pictures can help you see where you may want to make changes. What you pass by every day out of habit without noticing the subtle changes will show up in your pictures. Even better, photograph your garden each month as a photo journal of what is blooming and when. 2


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ADD A FIREPLACE OR FIREPIT

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PLANT AN HERB GARDEN

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REFRESH YOUR CONTAINER GARDENS

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INSTALL A BIRDBATH

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APPRECIATE WINTER BLOOMS

The cooler temperatures this time of year make for a cozy evening by an outdoor fireplace or firepit. It adds aesthetic appeal to your outdoor living area and it’s a perfect gathering spot for friends and family. Rock City’s talented hardscape team can design and install your new garden features.

Rock City has a plethora of herbs from which to choose. We grow over 50 varieties for your enjoyment. An herb garden is fun and provides instant, healthy options for cooking. Just snip and add to your favorite recipes!

Container gardens aren’t just for summer and fall. Replacing your warm weather plants and flowers with winter blooms will ensure long-lasting color through the cooler months. And if the temperatures are predicted to dip lower than normal, container gardens are easy to protect.

Treat our feathered friends to the joy of food and refreshing water during Florida’s winter months. Not only will you provide birds with a refreshing bath, you’ll reap the rewards of the beauty it brings to your garden.

One of the many benefits of living in our coastal community is enjoying beautiful flowers in the midst of winter. At Rock City Gardens, we are proud of the fresh grown flowers we cultivate every year in our on-site greenhouses. This year’s blooms are gorgeous!


F E ATURED STA F F

MEET SHIRLEY BARTON ROCK CITY GARDENS HEAD GROWER The day starts early for Shirley and her flower house staff of 12 growers. By 7:00am she is at Rock City Gardens pulling together the day’s client orders and supervising the loading of all plants and materials for deliveries. From there, she meets with her staff to prioritize their duties for the day. For more than 11 years, Shirley has been the Head Grower at Rock City Gardens. It’s her creative eye, constant pursuit of new plant varieties, and careful planning that produces thousands of beautiful, healthy flowers every year. By February each year, she is already

Angie Raebener, a long-time Rock City grower associate in the geranium greenhouse

starting the growing cycle for spring’s warm weather plants, such as periwinkle and lantana. By late summer, she and her staff are cultivating Rock City’s famous geraniums so they are at their peak of perfection for the fall and winter season. While tending to the multitude of Rock City’s fresh grown flowers is her primary responsibility, Shirley loves the retail side of the business. Working with the customers comes naturally. Before moving to Vero Beach, she worked for a retail garden center in Connecticut. Once on board at Rock


R E AD E R E NG AG E M E N T Shirley and Farrah in the Flower House

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City, she was responsible for launching the successful “We Grow For You” program. This unique program enables clients to place an order in spring for the specific variety, color and quantity of flowers that they want grown and ready to shine in their gardens by fall. The next time you visit Rock City Gardens, take a few minutes to meet Shirley. You’ll love her warm personality and incredible flower knowledge!

FUN FACTS ABOUT SHIRLEY! HEAD GROWER:

Since 2006

FAVORITE FLOWER:

Gerbera Daisy

FAVORITE PART OF JOB:

Helping Mother Nature

bring her tiny seeds to their full potential and beauty. FAVORITE COMMENT FROM CUSTOMERS:

“Wow! This place is huge and gorgeous.” MOST REQUESTED FLOWERS BY CUSTOMERS:

Babywing begonias and geraniums

living with like-minded enthusiasts. You’ll find over 200 photos featuring hardscaping, container gardening, landscape designs and fresh grown flowers at Rock City Gardens. Leave a review, post a question or simply engage with other followers here.


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JANUARY JEWELS AT R O C K C I T Y G A R D E N S

SNAPDRAGONS

CALIBRACHOA

» SNAPDRAGONS Bright reminders that winter can bloom in glorious colors. Snapdragons thrive in the cool winter temperatures. These upright beauties come in shades of white, yellow, bronze and rose. Stunning in your garden beds or container gardens, they also make beautiful cut flower arrangements.

» CALIBRACHOA Also known as million bells, calibrachoa are instantly recognizable with their bell-shaped, trailing blooms. Our Aloha Kona® series is available this year in 11 brilliant colors! These cascading flowers are ideal for container gardens and hanging baskets.

MAINTENANCE: Water when dry.

LIGHT: Full Sun

LIGHT: Full Sun

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MAINTENANCE: Water only when dry.


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Ring in the New Year with these beautiful flowers grown fresh, on site at Rock City Gardens. They are ideal for the cool January weather.

OSTEOSPERMUM

LOPHOSPERMUM

» OSTEOSPERMUM These daisies are big and bold. They can grow up to 12” - 16” tall. With names like Lemon Ice, Silver, Sunburst, Violet Ice, Spider Pink and Spider White, you’ll love these big bloomers growing in your garden beds or as the center of attention in a container garden.

» LOPHOSPERMUM Clusters of tubular shaped blooms not only attract the approving eye of your neighbors, they also attract beautiful hummingbirds. It’s the perfect flower for winter bird watching. Available in rose or white, they are stunning in hanging baskets and container gardens.

MAINTENANCE: Easy! Water only as needed.

MAINTENANCE: Water only when dry.

LIGHT: Full Sun

LIGHT: Full Sun

Our friendly garden associates will happily help you select just the right flowers for your winter gardens.

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Proud Supporter Rock City Gardens is a proud supporter of cultural arts. The magnificent arts are one of the many things that make living in our community such a joy. Our new playbill ad for the upcoming show at Riverside Theatre features fresh grown, stunning snapdragons. Here’s a sneak peek. We hope to see you at the show!


ASK DOC ROCK Q: How do I prepare my garden for cold snaps? A: While we don’t experience extreme or prolonged cold in Florida, cold

snaps occasionally happen during the early winter months. When the temperatures are predicted to drop below 40 degrees, following are a few tips for protecting your gardens: ✿ Water your plants and flowers early in the morning so the sun has time to heat the soil before cold temperatures set in at night. ✿ Keep the foliage dry when watering – the key is to keep the ground wet, not the foliage. ✿ Bring your container gardens with tender plants and flowers indoors. If the pots are too heavy, cover them with a cloth or blanket. ✿ Layering plastic over the protective cloth in your garden beds or containers can be helpful, but DO NOT let the plastic touch the foliage. It can damage the leaves.

Keep in mind while planning for cold weather that each plant has a unique low-temperature tolerant level. For example, geraniums can tolerate temperatures as low as 32 degrees but orchids are in danger when it drops below 40 degrees.


How Does Your Garden Grow? Happy New Year, everyone! As you plan ahead, consider planting flowers that complement the 2018 color of the year. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that point us toward the future. It has also long been associated with creative brilliance. Think Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix!

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Early Bloomer :: January 2018  
Early Bloomer :: January 2018